New Mobile App Helps Parents Talk to Kids About Disasters

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Does your family ever talk about disasters BEFORE they happen?

Parents may wonder:

  • “How do I talk to my kids before, during, and after disasters?”
  • “How can I help my child stay calm when we evacuate in a wildfire?”
  • “What reactions from my child are common and when should I seek help?”

Help Kids Cope, a new mobile phone application from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, will help parents talk to their kids about the disasters they may face and know how best to support them throughout—whether sheltering-in-place at home, evacuating to a designated shelter, or helping your family heal after reuniting. Parents can learn what to do before, during, and after 10 different types of disasters and know what to say “in the moment” to support kids of all ages.


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